Stars fall 5-2 to Coyotes

The Dallas Stars lost third time in their last four games (1-2-1) and for the third straight time on the road (0-2-1), falling 5-2 at Phoenix Saturday night. The Stars fell behind 2-0 early in the game and could never catch up. The Stars missed on their first six power play chances in the game and ended up 1-7 on the night. They are 3-49 on the power play in road games this season. James Neal and Loui Eriksson scored for Dallas. Andrew Raycroft started for the Stars, stopped 25 of 30 shots and was pulled midway through the third period. Richard Bachman, who made his NHL debut, played the final 9:35 and stopped all four shots he faced.

First period

The Coyotes scored a pair of goals 1:08 apart to take an early 2-0 lead. Radim Vrbata won a puck battle behind the Dallas net and one-handed the puck to Ray Whitney, who scored from close range at the 6:11 mark to open the scoring.

A little more than a minute later a Trevor Daley pass got picked off in the neutral zone and Shane Doan scored from the slot on a three-on-two break to make it a 2-0 game at the 7:19 mark.

The Stars had a chance to cut into Phoenix’s lead with a couple of power play chances but Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was sharp and made several good stops, including two on Mike Ribeiro.

After Ribeiro was called for roughing with 48 seconds left in the period, Phoenix went on its first power play and cashed in to make it 3-0. Doan scored off the rebound of a Whitney shot for his second goal of the period.

Some notes after one period.

  • The Coyotes outshot the Stars 18-15 in the period.

  • The Stars were 0-2 on the power play and the Coyotes were 1-1.

  • Phoenix won 19 of 28 faceoffs in the period.

  • The Stars went with the same lineup as Friday.

Second period

The Stars scored 3:11 into the second to make it a 3-1 game. James Neal took a drop pass from Tom Wandell and beat Ilya Bryzgalov with a shot from the top of the left circle.

Stars goalie Andrew Raycroft kept it a 3-1 game with a great pad save on Martin Hanzal with Phoenix on its second power play of the game.

The Stars got three more power plays in the period but couldn’t cash in and it remained 3-1 after 40 minutes.

Some notes after two periods.

  • The Stars outshot the Coyotes 11-7 in the second period and owned a 26-25 shots advantage through two periods.

  • The Stars were 0-5 on the power play through two periods and are now 2-47 on the power play in road games.

  • Phoenix was 1-2 on the power play through 40 minutes.

  • The Coyotes won 31 of 52 faceoffs in the first two periods.

Third period

The Stars got a sixth power play early in the third period and they tried to change things up as far as personnel, putting Nicklas Grossman on the point and Brandon Segal up front. It didn’t pay off. Grossman turned over the puck at the Phoenix blue line and Lauri Korpikoski scored on a shorthanded breakaway at the 1:02 mark to make it a 4-1 game.

Phoenix made it a 5-1 game at the 10:25 mark when Keith Yandle finished off a two-on-one rush, ending the night for Andrew Raycroft who gave up five goals on 30 shots. Richard Bachman took over in net for Dallas and made his NHL debut. His first save was a sharp one, stopping Martin Hanzal on a two-on-one. He made a couple of nice saves with Phoenix on a power play as well and ended up stopping all four shots he saw in 9:35 of playing time.

The Stars got one final chance on the power play, their seventh of the game, and scored when Brenden Morrow put the puck off the end boards and Loui Eriksson scored off the rebound to make it a 5-2 final score.